The LaFontaine Touch
In late August, Bennett was showing off the LEED silver-certified building that recycles its car wash water and uses passive solar ("with all the skylights, half the time we don't even have the lights on"). He says they are considering putting in a solar charging station for Chevy Volts, which are selling like hotcakes: "I just ordered another thirty of them."
The restaurant and conference room are designed to be symbiotic. At press time, Bennett couldn't yet say whether the restaurant would have a name, and what the menu would be, but he specifically mentioned omelets, paninis (the presses had just been delivered), pizza, salads, baked goods, and fresh-ground coffee. The conference room down the hall, which seats about fifty, has "a drop-down screen and all the [data] connections." The plan--details are not yet worked out--is that local organizations can use the room for free, a service that Bennett thinks will be supported by sales of snacks, coffee, and an occasional car.
LaFontaine Chevy, 7120 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., 426-4677. Showroom hours, Mon. & Thurs. 9 a.m-9 p.m., Tues., Wed., & Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sun. lafontainechevy.com
[Originally published in October, 2012.]